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Families head outside for pumpkin patches, festivals and more in October in Arizona

All over Arizona, temperatures are ratcheting down and outdoor events are ramping up. ‘Tis the season for locals, families and visitors to head outside and discover all that October has to offer: pumpkins, markets, concerts, wine, beer, and wildlife. Kick off the month of October this weekend at one of these events:

October Weekends: Howly Growly Owly Festival

Bearizona's Fall Festival

Bearizona’s Fall Festival

Bearizona, located in Williams, is hosting Howly Growly Owly Festival weekends in October. Don’t miss out seeing the largest pumpkin in Northern Arizona! Festivities include a “howly” open air bus ride departing from the Fort Bearizona parking lot at 10:00 am, 12:00, 2:00 and 4:00 pm. “Growly” haunted bear caves, and the “owly” raptor show at 11:00 am, 1:00 and 3:00 pm! Come dressed in costume and get a “beary” special treat! Visit bearizona.com or call (928) 635-2289 for more information.

October Weekends: Grand Canyon Railway’s Secret Pumpkin Patch

Grand Canyon Railway's Pumpkin Train

Grand Canyon Railway’s Pumpkin Train

Every Saturday and Sunday in October the Grand Canyon Railway will depart Williams for a Secret Pumpkin Patch, where children can select their very own pumpkin.  Back at the Depot, navigate a hay bale maze and take a walk through a Haunted Train Car….if you dare!!!  Tickets will be available at the Williams Depot – $20 for adults and $15 for children. For more information visit, thetrain.com.

October Weekends: Mortimer Family Farms Pumpkin Festival & 10 Acre Corn Maze

Mortimer Family Farms Pumpkin Festival

Mortimer Family Farms Pumpkin Festival

Mortimer Family Farms, located at Hwy 69 & 169 (The Old Young’s Farm), in Dewey is having their Pumpkin Festival Weekends in October through Halloweeen Night with U-Pick Pumpkins, 10 Acre Corn Maze, Fall Decor, Apple Cider, Hay Rides, Farm Animal Kingdom, Haunted House, Bubble Run, Corn Bath, Barrel Train, Food and Craft Vendors, Performers and Music for the whole family! Festival admission and parking is free. Visit mortimerfamilyfarms.com for special events every weekend.

October Weekends: Prescott Farmer’s Market

Prescott Farmer's Market

Prescott Farmer’s Market

Over 60 vendors attract thousands of customers to the Prescott Farmer’s Market each week for the freshest fruits, vegetables, meats, eggs, and locally crafted artisan foods in Central Arizona. The market is proud to support local agriculture by bringing visitors the highest quality locally grown food – sold directly by the growers. Three locations in Prescott, Chino Valley and Prescott Valley serve the entire quad-city area. Visit prescottfarmersmarket.org for locations and hours.

October 6: Cliff Castle Casino Hotel presents Rocktober

Cliff Castle Casino Entertainment

Cliff Castle Casino’s Rocktober

Rock the night away on Saturday, October 6 in Camp Verde inside Cliff Castle Casino’s Stargazer Pavilion. The Rocktober Concert features three 80′s icons in one night! Berlin featuring Terri Nunn; Patty Smyth and Scandal and the Greg Kihn Band. Tickets start at just $30 and are available at The Castle Club or online at cliffcastlecasinohotel.com Buy your tickets at the Castle Club on Ladies Night every Thursday between 5:00 pm – 12:00 am and save $5!

October 6: Flagstaff Oktoberfest

Flagstaff Oktoberfest

Flagstaff Oktoberfest

Peak Events is proud to present the 4th Annual Flagstaff Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 6 at Wheeler Park.  The Festival will run from 11:00 am – 8:00 pm and feature cold beer, contests, tasty food, a kid’s area with free root beer floats, and great music.  $5 for a pair of glasses admission, with proceeds benefiting the Sunrise Lions Club. Visit flagstaffoktoberfest.com.

October 6: Grape Stomp 5K Run/Walk

Arizona Grape Stomp 5K

Arizona Grape Stomp 5K

Join the 3rd Annual Grape Stomp 5K taking place in Old Town Cottonwood on Saturday, October 6, to benefit the Arizona Wine Growers Association. Registration is $35.00 and is available at arizonawine.org or Friday evening at Red Rooster Café. Please visit the website or call (928) 567-2840, ext. 204.

October 6: Alcantara Vineyard Harvest Festival

Alcantara Harvest Festival

Alcantara Harvest Festival

On Saturday, October 6, from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm, enjoy the Alcantara Vineyard Harvest Festival in Cottonwood. Costs are $45.00 per person or $40.00 for members. Entry includes festival poster, t-shirt, wine glass, tasting, and lunch. Festival goers will also receive access to live music, vendors, a chocolate fountain, cigar bar and more! Call (928) 649 8463 or visit alcantaravineyard.com and click on Events for more information.

October 7: Scottsdale Street Fair Grand Re-Opening

Scottsdale Street Fair

Scottsdale Street Fair

The Grand Re-opening of the 2012-2013 season of the Scottsdale Street Fair will be held on Sunday, October 7, 2012 at the Pavillions at Talking Stick. Special appearances for the Grand Opening include the 2012 Arena Football Champions, the Arizona Rattlers, and Emmy award winning television and radio personality, Pat McMahon. Live entertainment from local bands will be featured all day as well as a performance from the Baton Boosters. The ALS Association of Arizona is also hosting a registration booth for their upcoming Walk to defeat ALS on October 20th. Local and visiting artists will be showcasing their unique products, art, jewelry and plenty of delicious food. For Mom and Dad, the fair features a new and improved kid’s entertainment zone featuring four bounce houses, hamster balls, swing ride and zip line. Visit scottsdalestreetfair.com for more information.

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